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  1. Hi bill, this is awesome! Wow - thank you so much for this diagram! I know that my electrician checked everything before, but am not sure if he checked the three switches with a full load. Is it best to check the ohms with or without load? Thx, Sandy
  2. Ok. I have to get my electrician to be here at the right time, since I don't have a clamp meter. It did not pull the full 45 last time, but that was before my new #3 gauge wiring. Thank you I'll try that
  3. That makes complete sense, that the switch should be on max and not click on and off. I will check for that when I test it again. Thank you.
  4. Hi Dick, yes you're correct for the timers and delay timers. |When I said "high" I meant on to the max setting for the top infinite switch and "on" for the other two. Yes, I'm using an external pyrometer.
  5. Hi Bill, New elements, if yes about how many firings? ****Not as new as I originally thought, 18 successful bisque firings at cone 04, 17 firings at cone 6 that all failed. What was the measured fully loaded voltage? ****not measured after new wire What was the measured fully loaded amperage? ****Before load - 243 (not tested with new #3 gauge, but 6amp loss before) What were the measured resistances (to a tenth of an ohm please)****don't remember, but were very close to specs, because I was told if they increase they are going bad I think you mentioned leaky lid, provide some idea of how leaky? Fiber is a good idea for this kiln.****ok - its ordered but I don't know how leaky Does the infinite switch perform as intended and how was it checked? It should remain on, full powered when turned all the way up, no clicking noise.****I think so, but shows some wear so ordered another new one Do the timer switches work as intended and how were they set and how were they checked?****yes - set as your firing instructions attached Do you have the manual for this kiln as the timer switches work a bit differently than may be intuitive, switch two and three are hottest when The timers are off. If Not I pasted the relevant instructions below,****yes. If you know these answers great, if not we can markup a diagram above reflecting the minimum they should be.
  6. Yes I'm sure they're wired properly. Yes, all my elements glow on high, paper test done as well. After new #3 gauge wire installed, I ran 2 cone 6 firings. First one with 4 hour preheat, I turned off kiln after 11 additional hours. It maxed out after 7-8 hours at 2116 F then hovered at 2027F-2076F. Second test, while warm from previous evening, I turned all switches to high and after 12 hours I turned it off at 2054F.
  7. Hi Bill, Mine is the 240v, 10800 watt version. Yes my elements are good and wired properly, I also have this diagram. We don't have any good techs here, so I've been working with a great electrician and DIYing it. I'm not sure what resistance measurement you're referring to, but he measured the ohms, voltage with and without load and I'm good. What do you mean by "elements 10% higher"? Everyone I've spoken to feels that this kiln should fire just fine, and I've never heard about the other version with 11500 watts. Paragon feels that upgrading the wire (as I did) should take care of the problem but obviously it didn't. I have photos but can't seem to reduce them small enough to share. I've rewired this kiln a couple of times so I feel confident in my wiring. (electrician checked it as well for me) What do you feel is the max cone that this kiln will handle on a regular basis? I can't afford to buy a new kiln, especially after paying $2,ooo to rewire this (since the original electrician did it wrong the first time). Thanks for you help!
  8. Help please! I have an old Paragon SNF-24 that I’ve never been able to successfully fire to cone 6. It bisques just fine. It stalls at about 1980F though. Since I’m about 115 ft from fuse box I had a #3 gauge copper wiring added, new disconnect box and hard wired the kiln. Now it stalls at @ 2080F. Electricians have tested voltage, ohms, and newish coils, new wires, barrels, etc. Never has it tripped the breaker. Just ordered ceramic blanket to add to space between kiln and floating lid to keep heat in. What am I missing? Or do I just give up?
  9. Hi John, We have a similar situation at our college studio, which was built about 3-4 years ago. It's a beautiful studio and is supposed to be 'state of the art'. Inspections passed and all was fine until we got a new fire marshall. He red tagged it and claims the raku kiln needs to be 50 feet from any building, etc. Where can I find reference information to give him 'gentle education' as you say to get our kiln back on?
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